The Headquarters 31 Artillery Brigade Minna conducted a medical outreach for residents of Pogo community in Paikoro local government area of Niger State. The outreach was organised as part of the 2023 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL).
The brigade commander, Brig. Gen. Hamidu Bobbo emphasised that the gesture was a reflection of the military’s commitment to offering humanitarian services to civilians in order to foster a cordial relationship and cooperation. He highlighted that the Nigerian army is not only engaged in military operations but also in other activities such as medical outreach to support the civil populace.
During the outreach, a team of medical professionals, including a medical consultant and doctor, provided free medical examinations and administered basic tests to the residents. They also distributed essential medications. Referrals were made to the medical centre at the barracks and the general hospital for cases that required further examination.
The community members expressed their appreciation to the Nigerian army for the gesture. Mr. Tukura Zakari, one of the beneficiaries, thanked the army for checking his blood pressure and providing free drugs. He acknowledged that the intervention of the army had saved him a significant amount of money that would have been spent on healthcare expenses.
The brigade commander emphasised that the medical outreach was part of the civil-military relationship, emphasising the importance of collaboration between the military and civilians. He reiterated the army’s commitment to serving the public and putting their best efforts into any capacity they find themselves in.
The medical outreach conducted by the 31 Artillery Brigade in Pogo community exemplifies the Nigerian army’s dedication to supporting the welfare of the civilian population. The NADCEL 2023 activities serve as a platform to strengthen the bond between the military and the community, fostering goodwill and cooperation for the benefit of all. (NAN)